The Republic of Vanuatu is an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. The archipelago is located some 1,750km east of Australia, 500km north-east of New Caledonia, west of Fiji and south of the Solomon Islands. Vanuatu is only 2.5 hours flying time north-east of Brisbane and 3.5 hours from Sydney, Australia.
The Vanuatu National Statistics Office (VNSO) is committed to providing high quality, reliable and timely statistical data and information to assist the government and the community to make better informed decisions. The VNSO has to respond to the needs of its users by providing statistics to meet emerging needs, particularly for social trends and the state of the physical environment. To perform well the VNSO has to build and maintain good relationships with key providers of information and the users of that information.
The Department of Women’s Affairs provides policy guidance and leadership to the Council of Ministers, Parliament and international development organisations on issues related to women, children and the disabled.
Established in 2006, the Dipatmen Blong Koreksenol Sevis (Department of correctional services) provides correctional services to the people of Vanuatu.
The Department works with chiefs, churches and communities to develop safer and more harmonious communities throughout Vanuatu and delivers custodial sentence management via Correctional Centres and community based sentence management via the Probation Service. It manages around 230 detainees within four Correctional Centres and more than 400 offenders in communities throughout Vanuatu.
The mission of the MOH is to protect and promote the health of all people in Vanuatu. The MoH’s vision is to have an integrated and decentralized health system that promotes an effective, efficient and equitable health services for the good health and general wellbeing of all people in Vanuatu
The Ministry of Justice and Community Services (MJCS) is responsible for, or provides support to, a number of agencies within the justice system: the courts (Supreme, Magistrates, Island Courts), the tribunals, the correctional centres, child rights, family protection, disability advocacy and services, empowerment of women, and public prosecution and defence services as well as legal advice to government. It also provides support to agencies that review law, make new laws and implement relevant UN Conventions including those that relate to the matters described above as well as safeguarding human rights.
The Vanuatu Law Commission is an independent statutory body funded by the Government of Vanuatu and created under the Law Commission Act [Cap 115 ] to study and keep under review the laws of Vanuatu and recommend reforms where needed.
The functions of the Law Commission as provided under the Law Commission Act [Cap 115] is to study and keep under review the laws of Vanuatu with a view to recommending reforms and in particular:
the removal of anachronisms and anomalies;
the reflection in the law of the distinctive concepts of custom, the common and civil law legal systems and the reconciliation where appropriate of differences in those concepts; and
the development of new approaches to and new concepts of the law in keeping with and responsive to the changing needs of Vanuatu Society, of groups within that society and of individual members of that society.
The Office of the Public Prosecutor (OPP) prosecutes criminal cases that have been investigated by the police and other investigative organisations. Our functions are carried out independent of the police, Courts, government and political influences. The OPPs duty is to ensure the right person is prosecuted for the right offence and justice is served where possible.
The Vanuatu Women’s Centre (VWC) is an independent women’s rights and civil society organisation based in Port Vila, established in 1992. VWC’s goal is to eliminate violence against women and children throughout Vanuatu. To achieve this long-term vision, VWC has a national program to prevent violence before it occurs, and to assist women and children living with this problem now. VWC provides counselling & legal services, information on violence against women & hold community awareness on Gender based violence.
The Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) is a centre for training excellence and collaboration. It was announced as an Australian Government initiative at the Pacific Islands Forum in 2006 and welcomed by the Pacific Island leaders.
As Australia’s flagship Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) investment in the region, APTC works collaboratively with national governments, development partners, private sector, organisations for people with disabilities, civil society organisations and Pacific TVET institutions across ten countries: Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (APIGBV) is a culturally specific national resource center on domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence in Asian/Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. APIGBV envisions a world free of gender-based violence for communities with equal opportunities for all to thrive.
The vision of this establishment is to disrupt gender-based violence, which causes physical, sexual, emotional, spiritual and economic harm within AAPI communities throughout the U.S. and its territories.
CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. We seek a world of hope, inclusion and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live with dignity and security.
The Vanuatu Daily Post is the ONLY daily newspaper in Vanuatu. It was launched in 1993 as The Trading Post it quickly established itself as a pioneer of freedom of press in Vanuatu.
As Vanuatu’s largest privately owned media company, employing nearly 50 people, Trading Post Ltd has successfully moved in publishing the official tourism newspaper of the Vanuatu Tourism office called What To Do In Vanuatu and has launched a popular radio station called 96 BUZZ FM.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) promotes and protects Australia’s international interests to support our security and prosperity.
We work with international partners and other countries to tackle global challenges, increase trade and investment opportunities, protect international rules, keep our region stable and help Australians overseas.
Founded in 2001 as a coalition of Israeli organizations working in disaster relief and international development, IsraAID has grown into an independent NGO and the largest humanitarian aid organization in Israel.
From earthquakes and hurricanes to epidemics and forced displacement, IsraAID has been at the forefront of responding to major humanitarian crises worldwide. IsraAID has worked in more than 50 countries and at any one time have around 300 staff members worldwide.
Oxfam is a global movement of people who are fighting inequality to end poverty and injustice. Across regions, from the local to the global, it works with people to bring change that lasts.
Oxfam’s work is grounded in the commitment to the universality of human rights. Driven by diversity and founding our asks in evidence and experience, it take sides against poverty and injustice everywhere. Feminist approaches guide all its analysis, action and interaction.
The Pacific Community supports sustainable development by applying a people-centred approach to science, research and technology across all of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We serve our members by interweaving and harnessing the nexus of climate, ocean, land, culture, rights and good governance; through trusted partnerships; investing in Pacific people; and understanding Pacific contexts.
The Pacific Islands Forum is the region’s premier political and economic policy organisation. Founded in 1971, it comprises 18 members: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
The Forum’s Pacific Vision is for a region of peace, harmony, security, social inclusion and prosperity, so that all Pacific people can lead free, healthy, and productive lives.
Founded in 1937, Plan International is a development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners.
UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.
UNICEF works in some of the most challenging places to reach the most disadvantaged children and adolescents and protect the rights of every child anywhere in the world. In 190 countries and territories, we do whatever it takes to help every child survive, thrive and fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.
The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945. Currently made up of 193 Member States, the UN and its work are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter.
The UN has evolved over the years to keep pace with a rapidly changing world.
But one thing has stayed the same: it remains the one place on Earth where all the world’s nations can gather together, discuss common problems, and find shared solutions that benefit all of humanity.
UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and exclusion, and build resilience so countries can sustain progress. As the UN’s development agency, UNDP plays a critical role in helping countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Our mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
We promote gender equality and empower women, girls and young people to take control of their bodies and their futures. We work with partners in more than 150 countries to provide access to a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services.
the Vanuatu Australia Policing and Justice Program supports the Vanuatu Women’s Centre to provide services for women and children affected by violence. It provides funding to Wan Smolbag, a Vanuatu civil society organisation, to support its work on community safety and resilience and improving access to essential health services. This program also provides targeted support to expand women’s income-earning and decision-making opportunities.
Vanuatu Christian Council (VCC) is a non -government organisatiion, that is made up of her seven member churches, the Presbyterian, Catholic, Church of Christ, Apostolic, Aglican, Assemblies of God, and the seventh Day Adventist, including her para churches, the Bible society and the Scripture Union. VCC has a very strong partnership with the Act for Peace( Australia) in implementing her two projects in Vanuatu, The Pacific Communiy focused Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction (PCIDRR) and the Pacific Community Climate Change Risk Reduction (PCCCRR)
VPride Foundation is a community based group founded in 2017 and was set up to help educate, advocate and mobilize LGBTIQ+ people and SWs in Vanuatu. At VPride, Inclusion is at the forefront of what we’re working together towards. Our projects and activities are designed to be a catalyst to a better inclusive world. Learn more about the positive impact we have and join us in bringing about positive change.
World Vision works with communities in Vanuatu to help eliminate poverty and its causes. We opened our office in Vanuatu in the early 1980s and began education, training and income generating projects. We currently work in the four provinces of Tafea, Sanma, Shefa and Torba. World Vision is committed to implementing gender-equitable and disability-inclusive programming. Our projects have expanded to include water, sanitation, and hygiene, agriculture, economic development, addressing gender-based violence, promotion of healthy relationships, and disaster risk reduction and preparedness.